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Foundation Launches Back to School Campaign to Benefit Springfield Schools

As kids in Springfield enjoy the last bit of summer vacation and prepare to hit the books, one foundation hopes to help them get the most out of their learning experience. KSMU's Benjamin Fry has our story.

The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools recently kicked off its 8th annual Back to School campaign.

This year it hopes to raise $200,000 in grants that will go to dozens of Springfield public schools.

Natalie Murdock is the Development Director for the foundation.

Murdock says with so many options for using technology in the classroom, these grants can fill a need that the district sometimes can't meet.

Schools will receive the equivalent of 2 dollars per student, which will go toward individual areas of need.

For several years, Hickory Hills elementary and middle schools have received grants from the campaign.

Principal Kelly Allison says the extra money helps his schools provide materials for gifted students.

Foundation officials say last year the Back to School campaign funded 94 grants to 37 schools in the Springfield public school district.

For those who want to contribute to the Back to School campaign, the deadline is September 18th.

For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry.


  • Foundation For Springfield Public Schools Website